New Jersey IAM Auto/Diesel Apprentices Complete OSHA Program

New entrants into the IAM CREST/District 15 Youth Transition to Work program completed an OSHA outreach program in Lyndhurst, NJ.

As part of a New Jersey state funded program operated by IAM CREST and District 15, more than a dozen young automotive and diesel apprentices took part in a two-day OSHA training program in Lyndhurst, NJ.

The participants, all new entrants in the Youth Transition to Work (YTTW) program, attended the 10-hour program that provided basic safety and health information and education on various topics pertaining to the workplace.

“The OSHA Outreach Training program actually gives them the knowledge to go into a workplace and know what to expect,” said IAM CREST instructor Brian Ruppert. “What their rights are, what the employer is to provide and what their responsibilities are.”

Following the class, participants received course completion cards. Apprentices must take additional introductory classes in financial literacy, workplace readiness and driving safety.

The YTTW program was developed to give young adults, many just out of high school, the opportunity to make a successful transition into high-skilled, high-wage IAM jobs in the automotive and diesel technology field. As part of their training, participants will be placed with area employers for work experience and attend college courses at night.

“Our apprenticeship program is a four-year curriculum,” said District 15 YTTW program coordinator Ira Stern. “But many apprentices complete the program in less time.”

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